The School Community: Examining the Effects of Student Social Integration on Perceptions of Risk and Safety in School

Erin J. Farley, University of Delaware

While research examining student or adoelscent perceptions of fear and safety has increaed, students' social integration within the community and school remains a largely untouched research area. The majority of social integration research has been conducted on the adult population in reference to their neighborhoods and communities. Recent research examining adolescent perceptions of fear has recommended an examination of the student population with measures specifically targeted toward adolescents and the school. In this paper I use a sample of (n=6,73) Delaware public school eighth graders from the Delaware School Survey in 2002 to examine the effects of students' social integration on their perceptions of safety and risk. The findings and policy implications are discussed.

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